This past Sunday, LGBT activists in Moscow staged a protest in an effort to win rights to hold a Pride parade next month; nearly forty activists were arreseted after a scuffle with both evangelical opposition and the police.
Where is Pussy Riot when you need them?
Even though (or, perhaps, in spite of the fact that) homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993, according to the Washington Post, "[a]ctivists have long petitioned the Moscow government for permission to stage such a parade, but have always been denied. Former Mayor Yuri Luzhkov described gay parades as 'satanic,'while current Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said he disapproves of gay gatherings because they could offend the religious beliefs of many Russians."
Remember, too, that St. Petersburg recently enacted a law that made "gay propaganda" a crime. At this time, Moscow city officials have blocked the activists request for a parade permit.